To cut it at the highest level of the game, footballers need to ensure they keep their fitness levels high. Competing against elite athletes requires a massive amount of work to be put into maintaining a good physique.
While some players are bulky and strong by the time they break into the professional circuit, some need to hit the gym regularly to reach those levels. Over the years, we have seen several young footballers slowly beef up and become sturdier.
It's a lot of work since players have to spend extra hours in the gym and find time for it after training hours. Despite all the challenges, several top footballers have astounded us with their physique.
1. Marcus Rashford
When he first broke onto the scene, Rashford was a lanky kid whose slender frame allowed him to move swiftly on the pitch. The youngster was keen to impress and started scoring some very important goals against formidable opposition.
Rashford wasn't going to let his chances slip away and his dedication is reflected in his incredible physical transformation. The 23 year old has added a lot of muscle to his body and has become a robust forward who is difficult to nudge off the ball.
Brazilian striker Hulk has always had a build that fits his name. He is one of the strongest strikers in the world and has maintained a large frame ever since breaking onto the professional circuit.
3. Leon Goretzka
In the past three years, Goretzka has gradually established himself as one of the best box to box midfielders on the planet. That the German international has been focused on improving himself is obvious and the results are there for all to see.
Goretzka also underwent a massive physical transformation and is a farcry from the scrawny midfielder the Bavarians signed back in 2018. The German international also put the Covid-19 lockdown to good use to build muscle mass. He currently has one of the best physiques in football.
4. Christian Ronaldo
When Christiano Ronaldo first signed for Manchester united he was a lean winger. His coaches reportedly used to call him too skinny. But Ronaldo had his eyes set on greatness and as he improved the technical side of his game, he worked on his physique just as intensely.
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